Latino del Año 2013: Seattle Sounders' Osvaldo Alonso leads a defensive mid-packed Group F

FutbolMLS.com continues to unveil the 32 players nominated for Latino del Año 2013, where you, the fans, will select the Latin American player who had the best performance throughout the 2013 MLS regular season. Remember that you can start voting as of Monday, November 4.

The group lead by Osvaldo Alonso can very well be denominated the center defensive midfielders group, being that Alonso is joined by fellow-position players, Brazilian Michel and Honduran Hendry Thomas. Leaving striker Claudio Bieler alone, as the only non-midfielder in the group.   

MLSsoccer.com and FutbolMLS.com editors selected 32 Latino players that made an impact throughout the 2013 MLS regular season, including winners of FutbolMLS.com’s weekly contest, Latino de la Jornada, and a draw was held to divide the players in eight groups of four players each.

Here are the nominees from Group F:

GROUP F

Player

 

Osvaldo Alonso,
M, Seattle

The Cuban known as the "Honey Batcher," a constant predator of the rival attackers, has an invaluable price in the Sounders midfield: He not only recovers the ball constantly and pressures opponents into mistakes, but he is able to maintain the midfield and the defense in order with his leadership. 

Claudio Bieler,
F, Sporting KC

Signed as a Designated Player by Sporting, he came into the club and made an immediate impact doing what he does best, scoring goals. "Taca" became SKC's top goalscorer in 2013, scoring 10, and also set up another four for his teammates to score. He's quickly becoming a fan favorite in the Blue Hell.

Michel,
M/D, FC Dallas

Came almost as a complete unknown to MLS during the beginning of the year, but by the summer everyone was wondering where this Brazilian midfielder had come from. Michel became a sensation not only for his defensive effectiveness, he was also one of the best, if not the best, goal-setter player during the season when it came to set pieces. Recorded eight assists, most of them coming from free kicks, and even scored an Olympic goal. 

Hendry Thomas,
M, Colorado

The Honduran is a key player in Oscar Pareja's tactical scheme. Thomas is the equilibrium of the explosive and dynamic attack and one of the top defenses in the league. A midfielder who plays easy balls, which in soccer is sometimes hard to find, and who even has the guts to take classy PKs once in a while, has become one of the most respected players in Colorado; they don’t call him "El Patrón" for nothing. 

Created in 2010, Latino del Año is FutbolMLS.com's annual contest to select the best Latin American Player in MLS based on fan voting.

The contest is held at the end of each MLS regular season, consisting of three weeks of voting by fans who determine which players advance to each round until a winner is chosen.

2013 Latino del Año Schedule
October 28-31 – Latino del Año groups announced
November 4 – Online voting process opens for group stage
November 7 – Group stage winners announced & online voting opens for Round of 16
November 11 – Round of 16 winners announced & online voting opens for Quarterfinals
November 14 – Quarterfinal winners announced & online voting opens for the Final
November 18 – 2013 Latino del Año winner announced.